Friday on My Mind: Money!

working for tips at CHBP / photo by Brittney Bollay

It’s time again for the weekly installment of Friday on My Mind, a post which focuses on videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. In honor of our Summer Fund Drive, which takes place all of next week, we’re talking about Money.

KEXP’s Summer Fundraiser starts today, Friday, June 1st. For the next week, this non-profit radio station will be asking its community to help support us. We have a goal of roughly 400k to raise and we hope to hear from everyone who wants to support listener powered radio. On the “money” tip, here are a few songs that touch on the subject of dolla billz ya’ll.

Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar

Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and producer Aloe Blacc is a tremendous performer. This video captures him and the vibe of this song perfectly. “I Need a Dollar” first gained notice as the theme song to the HBO series, “How to Make it In America”. As it turned out, this song was the best and most memorable thing about that show. “I Need a Dollar” sums up the feelings of all of those in the world who scramble just to make ends meet.

The Flying Lizards – Money (That’s What I Want)

This footage is from 1979 in case you didn’t notice, but the song “Money (That’s What I Want)” had a history from long before. That first version of the song was sung by Barrett Strong in 1959. “Money (That’s What I Want)” was written by Berry Gordy and was the first official hit song for Motown. A long list of amazing artists have covered this song since including The Beatles, John Lee Hooker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, and even Cheap Trick. In 1979, the UK post punk band The Flying Lizards released their take on the song and gained attention by being…well, being very 1979 in a new wave and awesome sort of way as demonstrated in this video footage of the band performing in front of a live studio audience.

Eric B. & Rakim – Paid in Full

Eric Barrier and Rakim Allah aka Eric B. & Rakim are considered one of the most influential hip hop acts of all time. They began collaborating in the mid-80’s and were one of the very first hip hop acts to sample drum beats from the music of James Brown, which became prevalent within hip hop. One of their most recognizable songs is the title track from their 1987 debut album, “Paid in Full”. They cut and scratch like no one’s business. I still remember seeing this on MTV back in the day. This was one of my first introductions to Hip Hop.

Honorable Mentions:

Monty Python’s Flying Circus – The Money Song

This is just a great excuse to watch some Monty Python.

ACDC – Money Talks

This is just a great excuse to watch some ACDC.

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  1. Damon Creed
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    “F’oldin’ Money” covered by The Fall.

  2. Damon Creed
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    “F’oldin’ Money” covered by The Fall. John Lee Hooker peels off a version of “Money(That’s What I Want)” on his It Serve You Right To Suffer album. And don’t forget “Big Money” by Big Black from Atomizer!

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